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Michael McCaul

Theme parks hire more security in new era

Theme parks hire more security in new era

Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are hiring additional security employees as theme parks enter what experts say is a new era of stepped-up efforts to shield visitors from possible terrorism and mass shootings.

The theme parks would not say how many people they are adding or give details on the security measures they are taking. At Disney, many of the new security personnel will help staff metal detectors. A third-party company has overseen the detectors since Disney – along with the two other major parks – put them up last month. Over the coming weeks, Disney is moving the operation in-house.

One expert said the number of new security hires at the parks...